Design:

As was already mentioned, the phone has kept its predecessor’s unique form factor. It is basically a clamshell, but is display, rotating at 120 degrees, makes it a laterally-handled device with a landscape display and a front-panel camera.

Therefore, the two software buttons are dubbed over the main display. When it is turned around, e.g. in order to be used for taking pictures, the buttons remain in its upper and lower part. The landscape mode of the operating system has been optimized in the same way. The 5-directional navigation button is functionally dubbed by the joystick on the right-hand side. It is considerably smaller, but because it is jutting out, it is even more convenient to use. The camera mode and the flash buttons are also located there.

The miniSD hot-swappable memory slot is further down. Still on the right-hand side, but fixed on the rotating hinge, is the zoom ring, equipped with a big central shooter key. The ring rotates anti-clockwise or clockwise for zoom in and zoom out respectively. This was rather confusing for us, because almost all devices with a similar ring work the other way round: clockwise for zoom in.

The central button has two press positions, because the phone’s camera is auto-focusing. By semi-pressing this button, the camera focuses and when the button is fully pressed, the picture is taken, just like a regular camera.
If we disregard the fact that the phone has two navigation faces (one for the phone and one for the camera), we can say that N93i is simply a big clamshell. Although it is downright SMALL, compared to N93, N93i is still in the big phones category.

Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Nokia N93i

4.3" x 2.3" x 1.0"

108 x 58 x 25

5,7

163

Nokia N93

4.7" x 2.2" x 1.1"

118 x 55.5 x 28

6,3

180

Nokia N95

3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8"

99 x 53 x 21

4,2

120

LG KG920

4.3" x 2.0" x 0.7"

108 x 50 x 18

4,6

130

Sony Ericsson K810

4.2" x 1.9" x 0.7"

106 x 48 x 17

4,0

115





It weighs 5.7 oz (163 g), which makes it one of the heavy phones on the market. Holding it is not a problem, unlike keeping it in your pocket. Forget about carrying it in your shirt pocket, for example; you should rather choose a pocket that is big enough to hold it and to bear its weight.

Opening it with one hand is almost impossible and it is no use trying to do it, all the more because there is no spring mechanism to help you in any way. When we tried this operation the upper part would often stop halfway, where, in case the camera was used, the display turned around and we had to turn it further. Even if you manage to open it with one movement, you would definitely feel the middle step, which is not a good experience. Closing it with one hand ends up with the display turned round, which makes the attempt useless and shows you that this operation should be done with two hands.

Overall, the quality of the make is very high, which is only logical for a phone from the upper-market class of a leading and well-known manufacturer like Nokia. In this respect there is nothing we can complain about, we can only enjoy the good combination of used materials: the opaque plastic, the glassy surface and the metal alloys.

In order to stabilize the top shell, Nokia have taken the clever decision of making part of the rubber buffer (whose main function is to prevent the lids from slamming) enter into a slit, so as to avoid a horizontal gap. Just like with N95, the battery lid is perfect with no movement at all, but easy to remove. Under it you will find the BL-5F battery and the SIM card slot.

When it is closed, the front part of the phone proudly displays information on the hinge about the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom 3.2 Megapixel camera lenses. The rest of the phone is a glassy surface, which leaves place only for the manufacturer’s logo. There is a small horizontal OLED display in the lower part, which, however, is totally invisible when it is not active. From the phone’s Settings menu you can select a few colors for the display’s backlit: White, Red, Green, Blue, and Pink, which looks more like lilac. They are all colors which are contrasting and clearly visible in darker places. Unfortunately, in bright light the glassy surface turns into glass and this display is not seen at all. Just as invisible is also the small LED, which you can adjust to be lit in red, green or blue, used to signal Missed calls and emails, Unread messages, and Battery charging.



To the right of the camera inscription is the shutter button and the zoom ring; the camera lenses are to the left. They are covered by a Zeiss black protective lid. You have to remove it and slide it back every time, which did not appeal to us at all. It would have been much better if Nokia had used for some of its top models the standard lenses protection, which is automatically opening lens-cover. This type of protection is used in most of the compact digital cameras on the market.

Two flash LEDs are located on the phone’s left side, as well as an infrared-eye, Pop-up Nokia port with a lid and the small Nokia port for charging and loudspeaker. Almost always when taking pictures we put our hands over the flash and blocked it. We were also disappointed because a pop-up port was used, instead of a combination of a miniUSB and a 3.5/2.5 mm stereo jack, providing for the convenience to use a cable from another device for the synchronization, without entangling oneself with another one. On the other hand, the stereo jack would allow one to use standard headphones without interconnects.


The two alternative software buttons, the alternative CIF camera, which is used for video conversations, the loudspeaker, used for conversations, and the light sensor are located on the inside of the upper shell. The light sensor monitors the ambient light and corrects the brightness of the display and the lighting of the keyboard accordingly.

The main display is 2.44 inches, a bit smaller than that of the N95. It features the same QVGA 240x320 pixel resolution and 16 million colors, which is the only upgrade in the specifications, compared to the N93. It is difficult to have any complaints here, provided that the images are colorful and contrasting and the high resolution, which is a standard for this size, ensures a detailed picture.

On the lower shell is the keyboard, which has totally disappointed us. In spite of the phone’s large size, it is not even bearable. The twelve digit buttons are big enough, but they are difficult to press and give almost no tactical response. The rest of the keys are pressed similarly, but they are also considerably smaller. The software button and the menu button are among the most frequently used buttons, due to their role in the navigation, but in the case of N93i they are much too small for our liking. The D-pad works a bit better thanks to its comparatively big size and due to the different material of which it is made, it is visually distinguishable. On the whole, the keyboard is almost totally flat and the buttons are hardly distinguishable one from the other, which makes typing even more difficult.

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6 Comments

1. Johnny unregistered

N95 is no longer a niche product, it has become a common phone where everyone, including students are holding. I love my N93 cos it is just so rare in the public. Never regretted getting it despite its size.

2. unregistered

well, i have been into a lot of nokia handsets before from 8800, n80, n95 and e90 but when i finally got n93i into my possession i decided to keep it instead. With its classy look and muti-tasked functionalities, n93i definitely rules. like other cps; all have their down sides but sometimes the feeling of having such a unique mobile phone in a lot of ways is what matters most. Technology when it comes to mobile phones is endless but when you finally get something what you truly enjoy, its definitely worth keeping for a lifetime and n93i does the magic.

3. diLin unregistered

N93i/N93 is a N-Gage 2 enabled (it's for sure) and which is great for gaming because of it's ergonomics (I mean the button orientation). We are already know that N93/N93i is capable to run the major games like Creatures of the deep and especially One Who's Next, but we also know that One Who's Next require to use the both hands and it runs in landscape mode. So the N93i is the great multimedia comp for the N-gage 2 platform. On the other hand we have the N95 which is a great multimedia computer as well. In terms of technology the N95 is way better and much more functional and smarter that N93/N93i, but the major problem with this device is its ergonomics. I mean the button orientation which makes it's difficult to play on. But it does have GPS and HSDPA and lots of other things.Personally if I think for myself I would buy the N95 hoping it will support the N-Gage 2 experience in full, by that I mean if it will run the One Who's Next game and other great upcoming games for N-gage 2 service in the Landscape mode. But I can't yet imagine how to play this games on N95, no actually I can but it will be hard with the number pad closed when I activate the landscape mode. Maybe I'll have to use a keyboard to play these games after connecting the phone to the TV. Then it'll be like a gaming console..Cool!!

4. Jo Jo of the Wild West unregistered

The N93i is no worse a choice than any other phone currently on the market, as it has a full feature set, and the optical zoom on the camera is no minor thing. I have taken both the N93i and my N95 8GB with me when I've been sightseeing, and the N93i is hands down the clear winner. The distant details are always hard to capture with mobile phone camera's and the Nokia N95 has a dreadful zoom, and even the mighty N96 falls short of delivering an artefact/pixel free zoom. So it doesn't have GPS, but this only matters to those who would use a phone for navigation, and if you are a driver, it is better to have a dedicated GPS installed in your car. Phones just are not as versatile for serious navigation, but then horses for courses. Personally I find that reviews have been very unkind to this phone, and in time, maybe some will look back and rate this as a real classic. I mean, for video playback this phone is great. It could be placed on a desk in landscpae mode. Very few other phones can be placed down on a desk for viewing purposes, as they don't have stands. Even the iPhone needs a dock. For Video calling, you can put this phone on your desk, free your hands and not fiddle around to stay in view. The phone also has a flashlight, so it is great to find things in the dark (more useful than you might think). In the same way, its outer display fives you instant information on time, date, missed calls, messages recived without opening it. The standby button on top f the device could be clicked to elect silent mode (and back), so there is no need to opening it. The camera is very user friendly and to camcorder users, the button layout will be both familiar and optimised for film/photography. In a typical way, this phone will be used in multiple ways, and each function is activated differently, so as well as being semi professional, this phone is fun. Due to poor sales, Nokia have discontinued this edition of the phone, and it is very difficult to find. Prices on eBay are skyrocketing, but those who choose this phone, as long as people continue to use phones over existing networks for communication, this phone could last forever, but do take care of it since it is a little delicate, and Nokia do not manufacture parts for it anymore. A real classic, and something far less ubiquitous than the dog ugly N95.

5. ericnelson

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I love my N93i very much, despite of whatever they said about it...

6. sanialiyu3000

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

can some one please direct me to where i can buy a new nokia n93i
N93i
  • Display 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.05 GB
  • Battery 950 mAh(3.30h 3G talk time)

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